The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge

Check out this contest for your students:

The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge (MDC) is an annual writing and artwork contest open to youth between the ages of 9 and 18. The Challenge encourages young Canadians to embark on their own personal voyage of discovery by learning about the contributions that Canadians of different backgrounds have made in building our country.”


The BCTELA AGM will be held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby (the site of our conference) on Friday, October 23rd at 3:45 pm. Information as to the specific room will be available from an executive member at the hotel on Friday.

At the AGM, executive members will report out on this years activities and there will be elections/allotments of next year’s portfolios. We welcome any interested members to attend.

Annual Conference & Day on Writing

Our conference is mere days away!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday (or Thursday, or Saturday).  Online registration is now closed.   If you have not yet registered, we welcome you to come early on your day of choice and register on-site as a walk-in.  There are spots left in the Thursday and Saturday institutes and in some sessions on Friday.  We’ll see you there!

Happy National Day on Writing!  It’s not too late to share a sample of your everyday writing.  Check out the galleries (including BCTELA’s) and add something of your own.

This is why we do it

Here are two examples of the passion and drive that our students can embody:

The first is a poetic inspiration for the future.


National Day on Writing

As an affiliate on NCTE, BCTELA is participating in the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20th.  We invite any and all teachers and students in BC to contribute an example of their writing to the BCTELA Gallery. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the variety of writing we do every day.  Submit something today!

National Award Recognizes BCTELA Member

Celia Brownrigg has been chosen by BCTELA to receive the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Affiliate Leadership Development Award supported by a partnership between NCTE and Pearson Education. The award recognizes her as an early career teacher who has demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership.

Celia has served on the BCTELA Executive for three and a half years and continues to show an enthusiasm for supporting professional development.  She will be attending the NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia and will be recognized at the Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast.

Congratulations Celia!

Get Ready to Register…

If you have seen our lovely flyer for the upcoming NCTE Northwest Regional Conference, Asking the Right Questions: Engaging Today’s Learners, you may have noticed that the registration opening date is listed as May 1st (as it did here on the website until just recently).  Registration WILL be open by May 15th so get set, think about which colleagues you may convince to come along with you, and check back here after the 15th for the link.

Are YOU in an LSA? Let Us Know!

Local Specialist Associations (LSAs) are a great way to stay connected with colleagues in the long months between conferences. Do you have an LSA in your district? BCTELA would like to promote the activities of these local groups and make contact information available for other interensted teachers. Don’t have an LSA? Did you know that BCTELA has start-up grants? Ask us!

NCTE Regional Conference

Asking the Right Questions: Engaging Today’s Learners

October 22-24, 2009

BCTELA is pleased to announce that our 2009 annual conference will be a NCTE Regional Conference to be held at the newly renovated Delta Burnaby Hotel.

This four day conference will feature leading speakers like Jeff Wilhelm, Faye Brownlie, Davis Booth and Sharon Jerosky. A special feature of this conference will be a day of workshops and presentations by university educators and researchers.

The heart of our program will be built around teachers who believe in making a difference and educators who see kids as co-constructors of curriculum and can speak to the power of collaboration.
Go to the “Conference” tab to see more information or download the conference flyer here.

Navigating English Language Arts in the 21st Century

We had a great time at the conference. The new Saturday institutes were a great success!

For those who were there, we hope you enjoyed your sessions. It was wonderful to meet old and new friends and, together, to explore the ideas and discuss the challenges facing English Language Arts in the 21st Century.

For our members who were unable to make it, perhaps you’ll find a moment to chat to a colleague and continue the conversation. We hope to see you next year (It’s a big one!).


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